Are You Perpetuating The STEM ‘Belief Gap’? (Couragion)

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Last month, STEMconnector released a report entitled The State of STEM: Defining the Landscape to Determine High-Impact Pathways for the Future Workforce.  According to the author, Erin White, the goals of the report were to ‘define the STEM ecosystem, encourage cross-sector collaboration, and recommend areas where further investment should focus’. I appreciated Ms. White’s approach to defining the STEM talent gap …


Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation raises $115,000 for STEM expansion (KTUL ABC Tulsa)

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On Monday, the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation announced that it exceeded its goal and raised $115,000 for an expansion of the Project Lead the Way Launch STEM curriculum for the district’s elementary schools. The district has been expanding their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program since 2015 in hopes of building a pathway for Bartlesville students to help them become well-prepared …


zSpace and Labster Partner to Make AR/VR Lab Simulations Accessible to Hundreds of Thousands of High School Students Across the World (zSpace)

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Today, zSpace and Labster announced a partnership that will give high school students access to Labster’s award winning, game-based virtual simulations on zSpace’s augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) learning platform. The simulations are set to be rolled out to hundreds of thousands of high school science students across the world this fall. Labster provides an easily accessible way for students from all over the …


Collabera announces 2018 STEM Scholarship winners (Collabera)

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Collabera is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the second annual Collabera STEM Scholarship. The scholarship awards two high school students with $2500 to put towards their Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) education for the 2018-19 academic year. All applicants were asked to submit a one-page essay answering the following: “STEM is a constantly changing field with frequent advances. What …


Iowa expands access to prepare more computer science teachers (Code.org)

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On the last day of their legislative session, the Iowa legislature passed their budget which would expand access to computer science professional learning for teachers across the state. The budget creates a Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund — which has received $1,000,000 in overall funding — from which would reimburse school districts and teachers for computer science professional development programs. Last Friday, on …


Sally Ride – First American Woman in Space (NASA)

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On June 18, 1983, NASA Astronaut Sally K. Ride became the first American woman in space, when she launched with her four crewmates aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-7.  Ride and five other women had been selected in 1978 for NASA Astronaut Group 8, the first American selection class to include females.  With the advent of the space shuttle, NASA …


JFF Horizons: Building New Bridges to the Future of Work and Learning (Getting Smart)

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Last week I attended JFF (Jobs for the Future) Horizons, a conference that served as a powerful reminder that we won’t be able to prepare our students for the rapidly changing world and technologies like AI if our education, policy, and private sector systems continue operating in silos, and that highlighted creative ways to conceptualize and build new partnerships and bridges between …


When math lessons at a goat farm beat sitting behind a desk (The Hechinger Report)

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Miles Hooper, the 26-year-old manager of Vermont’s largest goat farm, remembers what it’s like to be 16 and not want to be in a classroom. Just 10 years ago, he was kicked out of his Vermont public school and finished at an alternative high school in Maine. That’s why Hooper identifies with Wessley “Wess” Wheeler, the sophomore spending two afternoons …


‘Ignite My Future in School’ asks students and teachers to reimagine STEM education (EdScoop)

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Dacia Jones has traveled all over the country to help train about a dozen teachers to incorporate STEM learning in their curricula as part of a program called Ignite My Future in School. Now, a year into the program, she has seen teachers turn into “learning leaders” and kids build drones, code their own music and build tiny houses. “There’s not …


An Astronaut Reflects on Sally Ride’s Legacy for Women in STEM (Smithsonian)

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On June 18, 1983, 35 years ago, Sally Ride became the first American woman to launch into space, riding the Space Shuttle STS-7 flight with four other crew members. Only five years earlier, in 1978, she had been selected to the first class of 35 astronauts – including six women – who would fly on the Space Shuttle. Much has …



How Sally Ride Became A Successful STEM Entrepreneur (Forbes)

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On June 18, thirty-five years ago, history was made when the first American woman, Dr. Sally Ride, was launched into space on the Challenger space shuttle. What an exciting moment that was! Over a short period of time in the early 1980s, the United States had its first female Supreme Court Justice in Sandra Day O’Connor, its first female Vice-Presidential candidate …


Hill Aerospace Museum program gives kids passport to STEM summer vacation (Deseret News)

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Three, two, one … lift off! With that countdown, Matthew Burgess’ handmade paper rocket shot into the blue sky above Hill Aerospace Museum, traveling further than any other projectile in the class of about 15 students. Matthew, 10, along with his 14-year-old sister, Amber, participated Saturday in the inaugural weekend session of the museum’s STEM Summer Passport program. “It was pretty cool …


Google’s 2018 diversity annual report by the numbers (Fast Company)

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The company has released its latest yearly diversity report. The report shows that, overall, the company is still majority white and male, however, it has made small improvements in the past year. Here are the report’s major stats for 2018: Google’s overall workforce is 61.9% male and 30.9% female. Its tech workers are overwhelmingly male, however. 78.6% are male and only …


Research grant supports STEM studies at T.C. Williams High School (WJLA)

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At T.C. Williams High School, a research grant is helping science students with studies in STEM. “In my case, I am going to be running long simulations of exoplanets, which are planets that orbit stars beyond our own solar system,” junior Ana Humphrey said. “This computer is great because it’s dedicated to us. There are no other processes running on …


‘It’s OK to fail:’ How Indiana teachers are rethinking STEM for the real world (Chalkbeat)

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In Kraig Kitts’ biology classes, it’s OK to fail. “That’s science. That’s the nature of it,” said Kitts, a science teacher at Center Grove High School. “Sometimes we don’t know. As teachers, we have a lot of pressures that everything works, every time, 100 percent.” This is the message Kitts wants to send to his students. It’s also the message …


Summer camp changes image of manufacturing jobs for teens (Columbus Business First)

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Manufacturing comprises almost 30 percent of Fairfield County’s economy and the key to its future is its workforce. But there’s still a misconception behind manufacturing; it’s dirty, dangerous, and a dead-end job. The Fairfield 33 Development Alliance is working to address this negative stigma by creating hands-on opportunities for students to change their perspective of manufacturing as a “dirty job” …


FIRST Announces Landmark 2019 Season Theme Celebrating Space Innovation and 30 Years of STEM Inspiration (FIRST)

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FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an international K-12 not-for-profit organization founded by prolific inventor Dean Kamen, today announced that more than 575,000 students will explore space across all four FIRST programs in the coming robotics season, FIRST Launch 2019. The 2019 season will mark the youth-serving nonprofit’s 30th anniversary. FIRST, incorporated in 1989 by Dean Kamen to create the world’s landmark robotics competition for students, has …


Statement on White House Community College Innovation Challenge event (NSF)

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The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), hosted the fourth annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) this week. This competition encourages innovative, entrepreneurial students to use science and engineering to propose solutions to real-world challenges, from energy generation to landmine detection. This year, 10 finalist teams were invited to the White House …


LA Unified Promotes CS Education; Conflicted on 1-to-1 Devices (T.H.E. Journal)

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At the same time that Los Angeles Unified School District voted to promote computer science education and reduce the “digital divide,” the country’s largest school system also is trying to bring back 1-to-1 computing devices in a big way almost four years after it canceled its last major attempt. However, the latest effort has hit a funding obstacle. Last month LA’s board of …